My Conspiracy Theory on Why the Indictments Haven't Come Down
Many people in Arkansas know that there have been rumors for a long time regarding potential FBI indictments of some prominent players in Arkansas Republican politics. And not just on the nursing home stuff. That is not news. I mean a couple of people have been convicted of taking bribes in this state, but no one has even been charged with making the bribes, except for one fellow who gives every indication of being a "bag man" and not the true source of the bribe. That much is not news.
In late May and early June there was an uptick in buzz about pending indictments. I kept hearing talk that indictments were "imminent" and that it would involve large numbers of Republicans, including some well-known names. The total numbers were in excess of fifty people! But the clock kept ticking and nothing happened. I was assured again that indictments were pending just as previously described.
I know that sometimes the FBI will leak word of impending arrests to provoke suspects to try and move money in preparation to flee the country. It is a common tactic when you are pretty sure, but not that sure. For a while I thought that might be what was happening. But now its August, and that would not even explain why talk of pending mass-indictments has remained talk. Even the talk has died down.
I do have an explanation that makes sense though. It has to do with the two-party hustle. The two political gangs headquartered in D.C. that have captured the government of the United States from its people collude to ensure that none of their upper tier ever have to face justice for their criminal actions. By mutual consent, high level members of either gang simply won’t get prosecuted no matter how serious their crimes. Ordinary citizens like you and me on the other hand, must constantly live with the anxiety of running afoul of their expanding lists of edicts over every aspect of our lives.
Years ago a friend texted me to the effect that now that we know that the Bush administration was also funneling guns to Mexican criminal gangs the Republicans would lose their taste for prosecuting “Justice” Department Secretary Eric Holder for doing the same thing (under the banner of operation “Fast and Furious”). Some of the guns funneled to the Mexican drug cartels under this program were used to murder U.S. law enforcement officials, and numerous Mexican civilians.
I replied to my friend (correctly as it turns out) that Holder would not have been prosecuted even if the Bush side of the two-party system had not done the same thing, because no one that senior in either political party ever gets prosecuted regardless of what they do. We have a two-tiered system of “justice” in this nation where the ruling elite who run both major parties form one group that makes the laws over us, but are for all practical purposes exempt from those laws themselves.
If you think about it, this arrangement between the members of the two political clubs, the Republicans and the Democrats, makes a lot of sense for the higher ups. If one of them ever prosecuted high ranking members of the other party when they were in power, they might find the tables turned on them the next election. To avoid the prospect of unpleasant payback, its best for them to just pretend to make members from the other side follow the law, but not actually hold any of them accountable to the same rules they jointly impose on us peasants.
I first realized this was happening back when Bush Jr. beat Al Gore. I thought that at least some of the crimes perpetrated by high-ranking members of the Clinton administration, including perhaps one of the Clintons themselves, would be investigated and prosecuted. As soon as G.W. Bush took office, he announced that he wanted a “new tone” and that they were not going to worry about which Democrats broke what laws. Since that time, members of the political class have been more and more brazen, while even the pretense of accountability is becoming rarer and more hollow each year.
The establishment press covered for the powers-that-be, as they always do. They hailed it as an example of how America is superior to third-world countries where every time a new group comes to power they use the law for political prosecutions of the group that was just ousted.
Well, excuse me, political prosecution of the ousted group is one type of corruption, but there is also the opposite kind: political non-prosecutions of the ousted group, as a quid-pro quo for future non-prosecutions for your side’s team. Our rulers aren’t less corrupt than the third world governments the media was disdaining, just more sophisticated in the form that corruption takes.
Getting back to our current quandry, I think Hillary Clinton has brazenly broken the law with her mishandling of classified emails. FBI Director Comey lied when he told Congress that no prosecutor would prosecute under similar circumstances- there are people who have gone to prison for less egregious circumstances. That is not to mention that the missing emails could shed light on play-to-pay operations involving foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation. And unlike Eric Holder, or Karl Rove, or Roberto Gonzales, Hillary Clinton had no intention of stepping down after being caught brazenly breaking the law. The others at least used resignation as a sort of "get out of jail free" card. As long as they dipped out of the spotlight for a while, they could avoid prosecution.
The Clintons violated this protocol when she got caught brazenly breaking the law but insisted on forging ahead and being the nominee anyway. And lots of powerful people wanted her to keep forging ahead, to protect Wall Street and Foreign interests against a populist ground-swell in both parties. I think a lot of Republicans balked when they heard she was going to both escape prosecution for brazenly illegal actions and she was not going to leave the spotlight. Some of them wanted to push back.
My theory is that the FBI was threatening to arrest Republicans all over the country, including a large number of them in Arkansas. The idea was that if Hillary is prosecuted, they would be prosecuted too. They got the message. Once she got let off the hook the Republicans in Congress took no action against Comey, and no action against Hillary on the email scandal. They basically let it go after the bare minimum of hand-wringing. Now it seems all the "imminent" indictments of Republicans just went away.
We will see. I mean, those indictments could come down tomorrow and I would be shown to be completely wrong. Frankly, I don't see how the FBI can make mass arrests of Republicans so soon after letting Hillary go without destroying whatever credibility they have left, but we will see. If they let the fifty or so people they were going to take to trial here go past the statues of limitation then you will know that the two-party hustle has reached a new low.